Laxdale Hall

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Laxdale Hall
Laxdale Hall (1953 film).jpg
Directed by John Eldridge
Produced by Alfred Shaughnessy
Written by Alfred Shaughnessy
John Eldridge
Based on novel Laxdale Hall by Eric Linklater
Starring Ronald Squire
Kathleen Ryan
Raymond Huntley
Sebastian Shaw
Music by Frank Spencer
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Ken Hodges
Edited by Bernard Gribble
Group 3 Films
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
  • April 1953 (1953-04) (UK)
  • 5 June 1954 (1954-06-05) (USA)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Laxdale Hall is a 1953 British romantic comedy film directed by John Eldridge and starring Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley and Sebastian Shaw, with Prunella Scales and Fulton Mackay in early roles.[1] Released in the U.S. as Scotch on the Rocks, it was adapted from the novel Laxdale Hall by Eric Linklater.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

A British parliamentary delegation is dispatched to the village of Laxdale - a loosely disguised Applecross - in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst them, and initial problems of interaction, the visitors begin to fully appreciate the locals' lifestyle


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times wrote, "The huge success of director Alexander Mackendrick's Whisky Galore! meant it was inevitable that film-makers would cast around for more stories of wily Scots running rings around the stiff-necked English. However, lightning didn't strike twice and this tale of the battle between Whitehall and a tiny Hebridean island, whose inhabitants won't pay a hated road tax, lacks the magic sparkle of Mackendrick's classic";[3] whereas TV Guide wrote, "The humor is subtle and gentle, but often very funny, in much the same way as that in Bill Forsyth's pictures (Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) three decades later."[4]


  1. ^ "Laxdale Hall (1953)". 
  2. ^ "Scotch on the Rocks (1952) - John Eldridge - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". 
  3. ^ "Laxdale Hall - Film from RadioTimes". 
  4. ^ "Scotch On The Rocks". 

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